chapter  7
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TERMINATING THE THERAPEUTIC RELATIONSHIP

To the untrained, most social work jargon is baffling. One exception, however, is the concept of termination. Most people can immediately grasp the significance of the phrase "terminating the relationship." The emotionally wrenching experience of departing appears to be universal. It is especially difficult to part from someone who is a good listener. The bond between the client and the clinician is further fixed by emotional intimacy and trust. There are at least three aspects of termination-the loss of the relationship, the recapitulation of earlier losses, and the loss of one's old self (Levinson, 1977). Termination elicits some of the most primitive and painful feelings that human beings can experience-anger, guilt, rejection, abandonment, grief, 10ss.1